Sunday, November 05, 2006

Curry on Ward Connerly & the Michigan Affirmative Action ban ...

In all the excitement of this year's mid-term (and the possible benefits accrued due to increased Black political candidates), little national attention is being paid to the artfully dubbed "Michigan Civil Rights Initiative" currently up for state-wide referendum on Tuesday. There is a chance that this might pass, therefore creating a disastrous socio-economic and educational environment for African Americans in a state already reeling from a broken automotive industry. The dismal state of Michigan's economy could actually help the MCRI and the "One United Michigan" effort isn't gaining that much steam. Recent polls in that state don't bode so well for supporters of affirmative action.

For those who don't know, MCRI is a Frankensteinish public policy gimmick instigated by the culturally confused, self-applauding Black conservative waterboy Ward Connerly. If he doesn't make any money as a minority contractor because of the impact of his concoctions, he's making loot with the Black conservative dog-and-pony-on-a-racial-leash show. Here's George Curry on this:

The point should not be lost that even though the Supreme Court struck down Michigan’s numbers-oriented undergraduate admission, the Republican-dominated court upheld the concept of affirmative action and approved of the University of Michigan’s Law School approach to affirmative action. But you’d never know that judging by the comments of President Bush, Ward Connerly or their Right-wing allies.

But Ward Connerly is not interested in the truth. He doesn’t even like to admit that before he became an opponent of affirmative action, he personally benefited from a California set-aside program. In fact, in the 1970s, Connerly & Associates, a housing and community development consulting firm, which he owns with his wife, who is White, received more than $1 million in state business after he signed up as a minority contractor. Of course, he is not the only Black Republican to ride the affirmative action train, only to jump off after they’ve reached their desired destination. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson followed similar paths.